A care home manager in Liverpool has become one of the first people to be prosecuted using the UK’s Mental Capacity Act 2005 after she was found guilty of neglecting one of the home’s residents.
Karen Southern ,who was in charge of 180-bed Stonedale Lodge, received an eight-month suspended sentence.
Ninety year old grandmother Joyce Farrow, who had dementia, lived in the home run by private healthcare company BUPA for two months, before she was taken to hospital suffering from an infection and dehydration.
Though her death five days later was not due to the neglect, her daughter did keep a diary of her mother’s treatment at the home, which included Farrow being left to crawl around on the carpet after she fell out of bed.
“I felt helpless, and I am sure that there are a lot of daughers and sons out there who feel the same way and I thought if I don’t keep a record of what is going on, nobody is going to believe it,” said daughter Pauline Slaughter.
BUPA was accused of putting Southern under pressure to keep costs down. The company says a lot has changed and the home now meets the required standards of care.